Whew, I really had my internal editor turned off when I wrote that last post. I repeated myself about my neighbor's plants coming from family, and my Raffi "story" would have been better stated as "I didn't think I'd like Raffi, but surprise! I do." Thanks for bearing with me.
I'm still trying to get around to sorting through and posting pictures of the twins' party. For those of you curious about the results of the dol,* Maddie quickly and resolutely chose pencil and Riley first grabbed string, pondered it for a minute, then did a one-two follow-up of pencil and money. We'll see how that all plays you in the coming years.
For those of you curious about the birthday cake, the twins obliged swimmingly. They dove right into their chocolate on chocolate cupcakes with abandon. Chocolate, chocolate everywhere! Pictures coming, pictures coming.
Yawn. Between coming off last weekend's party mania and being at the conference for work Wednesday through Friday, I'm pooped. No rest for me, though. Tomorrow we're headed for New Hampshire for the day (Dartmouth area) to see a Peace Corps friend who is in the States visiting her parents; normally she lives in Zambia. I'm excited to see her and show off the twins, but all the prep work for a trip with two wee ones is a lot. I had thought that we'd stay until bedtime and that I'd just transfer them from car to crib for the rest of the night once we got home, but I think I'll need to head home during afternoon nap so that I have some time to get ready for the upcoming week.
For the record, Baby Beluga is in the car CD player, ready to go. And speaking of kids' music, thanks for all the great suggestions. I can't wait to check them all out!
I love movies. Going to the movies by myself is one of my biggest pleasures. I love going to the movies with people, too, but I really love going alone. Needless to say, I haven't done much solo moviegoing for a while, and frankly, I haven't done much movie watching at all. By the time I have a minute to relax on the couch with some TV, a movie feels like too much commitment. I'm more of a TV-show-on-DVD watcher now.
Tonight, though, I was motivated to start one of the Blockbuster.com movies I've had laying around since John died. I put in Tsotsi and sat back. I'd been wanting to see this movie for ages; I'm a sucker for anything Africa-related, and I love a good thought-provoking film, all the better if it's foreign.
I got through the first forty-five minutes, and I'll watch the rest tomorrow or Monday. It's an amazing movie. But.
• With all that I have going on in my life, I find anything but a light, fluffy comedy extremely difficult to watch. It really takes a lot out of me, which makes me sad, but it's just the way things are right now.
• I find it almost unbearable to watch movies in which babies are in harmful situations. Since becoming a mother, it just hits too close to home.
I'll get back to my arthouse film ways, and I'm glad I am watching Tsotsi. I need to get some fun stuff in my Blockbuster queue, though. When is the current season of Grey's Anatomy coming out on DVD???
Follow-up on my in-laws and the plants and all: It finally occurred to me that I should just say to him, "You know, I'm still feeling very sorry about what happened with your plants. I know I can't replace them, but is there anything I could do to help make it up to you? A gift certificate to a nursery? Something else?" I mean, duh. I'm an adult, he's an adult. Why this didn't occur to me sooner . . .
* Can't find a good link to an explanation of the dol, and I'm too lazy/tired to write one out now. Anyone have a good link?